Killountain Irish Water Spaniels


The Irish Water Spaniel Association held a Field Trial for gun-dogs at Bolton Green, Charnock Richard. 23rd October 1965.

Photo's Roy Payne.

  1. LT. Mr J. Kevill. and Mr. H.M.F. Carrington before the trial.
  2. The guns in action.
  3. Scamp the Diver retrieving to Mr Andrew Haydock.
  4. Mr Andrew Haydock with three ducks retrieved by Scamp the Diver. 

The Irish Water Spaniel Association held it's second post war trial at Charnock Richard.

Irish Water Spaniels and their owners from all parts of Britain showed their skill at Bolton Green, Charnock Richard at the weekend.

It was the second post war trial organised by the IWSA and like the previous one two years ago was held on land belonging to Mr. J. Kevill at Bolton Green.Five guns used by Messrs J. Kevill, H.M.P. Carrington, J. Higham, T. Glaister, and J. Dickenson provided duck partridge rabbits and hares for the dogs to retrieve. The Judges were Alan Mason and Fred Taylor.

Fourteen dogs took part and the winner of the Irish Water Spaniel Association Field Trial Perpetual Challenge Cup was won by Mr H.T. Roulston with Kitty of Cranslough. He also won Puppy and Novice. Other winners in Open were. Mr John Gilman (Euxton) with Pintail of Yarrowside. 3rd Miss J. Long. (Norfolk) with Sheila of Seedhill. 4th Miss A. Gordon (Scotland) with Gormack Wildgoose.

Puppy and Novice section. 2nd Mr Gilman. 3rd Miss Long. 4th Mrs W. Harvey - Kelly (Windsor) Clonhugh Crusader.

Report and photo's reproduced  by courtesy of Lancashire Evening Post.

Some extracts from IWSA Year Book 1971(which were originally taken from The Sporting Spaniel by C.A. Phillips and R.Claude. 2nd Edition. 1927.)

We are told by old writers that there were originally two breeds of Water spaniels, one belonging to the Northern and the other to the Southern provinces of Ireland. Mr Skidmore, who was very prominent and successful as an exhibitor in the sixties and seventies, goes farther and says that there were originally three distinct varieties, the third being termed the Tweed Irish Water Spaniel, and almost lost at the time of writing. Whose origin he failed to discover.

From their appearance, close coat, sparseness of feather and style of head, I always thought there was a dash of Bloodhound in their veins, which was strengthened by the fact that I have bred from them with the dogs of the Mc Carthy type they have often thrown pups with tan feet, cheeks and vents. Their heads were conical, lips heavily flewed, ears set like in Bloodhound like, whilst they were all light in colour.

He says nothing about their size or general appearance and the details he has gives do not convey an impression of a spaniel of any kind at all.

The second variety, which was known as the Northern IWS, is also to all intents and purposes extinct. They were probably always bred more with a view to developing their working abilities than to securing symmetry of uniformity. They were about 20” high, short legged- which by the way were often crooked- longish bodied, close coated, feathered only at the back of the legs, ears short and without feather, looking more like a bad specimen of a liver coloured retriever.

The dog which we all know at the present day by the name at the head of this article is the Southern Irish Water Spaniel, and, accordingly to all available evidence of any reliability, was originated entirely by one man Mr. Justin Mc Carthy.

Mr Mc Carthy’s dog, “ Boatswain”, may almost be regarded as the ancestor of the whole of the modern race of IWS. This famous old sire was born in 1834 and lived to attain the patriarchal age of eighteen before joining the majority.